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LSP: Alcohol suspected in Natchitoches Parish fatal crash

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Louisiana State Police investigate fatal crash.

According to the Louisiana State Police, On October 30, a single vehicle crash killed a woman from Natchitoches, La. LSP said the driver is suspected of being impaired and she was not wearing her seatbelt.

Troopers responded to the crash around 12:40 a.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 480 near Hart Road. The crash involved a 2001 Ford pickup, driven by Sandra L. Ponthieux, 50. The Ford was westbound on LA Hwy 480 when Ponthieux lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, she reentered LA Hwy 480 and overcorrected her vehicle.  This action caused the Ford to once again exit the right side of the roadway before colliding with a tree.

LSP said Ponthieux was pronounced dead. Routine toxicology tests are pending, and the crash remains under investigation.

LSP said motorists must be reminded that alcohol can impair visual ability, alter sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle and decrease reaction times. According to LSP, just one drink may cause these effects.

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